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India will keep working together with Fiji Government and People, says President Pranab Mukherjee

It is a matter of satisfaction that the bilateral relations between our two countries are growing stronger, says Pranab Mukherjee

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PM Narendra Modi with PM of Fiji Frank Bainimarama. newsroompost.com

New Delhi, Oct 9, 2016: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday extended his greetings to the government and people of Fiji on the occasion of the island nation’s Independence Day and said India will continue to partner Fiji in various fields.

In a message to Fiji President Jioji Konousi Konrote, Mukherjee said, “On behalf of the government and people of India, it is with pleasure that I convey warm greetings to your excellency, the government and the people of Fiji on the occasion of your Independence Day.”

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“It is a matter of satisfaction that the bilateral relations between our two countries are growing stronger… India will continue to partner Fiji in the field of Information Technology (IT), tele-medicine, tele-education and renewable energy,” he said.

Mukherjee said that India’s dialogue with the Pacific island countries, under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC), at the FIPIC-I Summit held in Suva in November 2014 and FIPIC-II in Jaipur in August 2015, “has given us opportunities to understand and address the challenges faced by Pacific island countries”.

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“I am confident that the relations between India and Fiji will continue to strengthen in the years to come for the benefit of our respective peoples,” he said. (IANS)

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Indian Diaspora Celebrates India’s Independence Day in Poland

India as a soft-power has emerged in a big way in the length and breadth of Poland.

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Indian community celebrates Independence Day in Poland. Flickr
Indian community celebrates Independence Day in Poland. Flickr

The Indian community-based in the Polish capital celebrated the 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday with great patriotic fervour.

Hundreds of Indians along with their Polish friends assembled in the Indian Embassy early morning and were greeted by newly-appointed Indian Ambassador Tsewang Namgyal.

Namgyal unfurled the tricolour and joined the people there when the national anthem was played at the venue. He then read a message by President Ram Nath Kovind delivered on the eve of Independence Day.

Addressing the Indian community in Poland, Namgyal said: “You are an important bridge between the two important nations. Your hard work and your commitment speaks (for) itself.”

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Indian restaurant. Pixabay

Kirti Gahlwat, a yoga teacher sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), displayed her talent and mesmerized the audience with her remarkable asanas.

She was followed by Kathak dancer Jigna Dixit, who was also sponsored by the ICCR to promote the dance form in Poland. Dixit was joined by several Polish students.

In the afternoon, the Indian community in Warsaw organised an event displaying Indian cuisine, spices and handicraft items. At the same time, Polish girls performed on Bollywood songs and also showcased Bharat Natyam and Kathak dance forms.

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“India as a soft-power has emerged in a big way in the length and breadth of Poland. There are more than 100 Indian restaurants in Warsaw alone. One can find an Indian restaurant practically on every important street in Warsaw,” said J.J. Singh, President of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“There are more than 300 yoga centres and there are five Polish groups which organise Indian music and dance programmes regularly,” he added. (IANS)